The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World

Friday 8 October
Alderson House, 23 High Street
7.30pm

To outsiders, Freemasonry is mysterious and suspect. Yet its story is peopled by some of the most distinguished men of the last three centuries: Winston Churchill and Walt Disney; Wolfgang Mozart and Shaquille O’Neal; Benjamin Franklin and Buzz Aldrin; Rudyard Kipling and ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody; Duke Ellington and the Duke of Wellington.

Founded in London in 1717 as a set of character-forming ideals and a way of binding men in fellowship, within two decades Freemasonry had spread across the globe, the influence of ‘The Craft’ pervasive. A creed for the new American nation under George Washington; a tool of authoritarianism – and then a cover for revolutionary conspiracy – under Napoleon; the Masonic networks which held the British Empire together … and both the Mormon Church and the Sicilian mafia owe their origins to Freemasonry.

Join John Dickie as he shares his surprising and enthralling exploration of a movement now numbering around six million across the world, which not only helped to forge modern society, but still has substantial contemporary influence. 

Tickets £12.00

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